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More Microcosm News: "A Fascinating Tapestry" and a Paperback in the Works

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerDec 3, 2008 4:38 AM

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Here's a new review of Microcosm: E. coli

and the New Science of Life

in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. (Open access--most excellent.) The reviewer likes the book: "Mr. Zimmer has woven a fascinating tapestry, intercalating the energy of world-changing scientific discovery with the fascinating complexity of a well-understood living organism. His work will be welcomed by the scientist and the science enthusiast." On the other hand, it's a little queasy to read that I'm "an American science writer at the zenith of his profession." Does that mean it's downhill from here? All authors get nervous a few months after a book comes out, wondering if it will make the leap to a continued life in paperback. Fortunately Vintage will be publishing Microcosm in paperback, and it already has a page on Amazon. You can order now, although it won't be out till July. So if there's someone in your life who deserves an E. coli Christmas (and, really, who doesn't?), you should get a hardback.

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